From a robotic King Kong to ... the son of Godzilla? This has been the evolution of both monsters in the cinema through the decades
Godzilla vs. Kong came as the promise of being the highest grossing premiere of the pandemic , according to the Deadline portal. The polarization caused by the expected confrontation led the public to form part of the narrative and choose a side; Furthermore, the media coverage of the film and the countless number of memes that emerged on social networks have contributed to the commercial success of the so-called MonsterVerse .
The fame of both giant creatures is not recent, but dates back decades. Godzilla alone has more than 30 films under his belt and originated the Kaijū film sub-genre - strange or great beast - which gained enormous popularity and became a cult for Japanese audiences.
King Kong is not far behind in relevance. Although it does not have as many versions as its eternal rival, with its first film released in 1933 it became a classic of American cinema and successfully returned to the new millennium, with its 2005 version directed by Peter Jackson and the most recent , Kong: Skull Island 2017.
After a few days of the premiere that shows the most anticipated confrontation of the year, we review the evolution of both monsters in the cinema . From a robotic version of Kong to ... the son of Godzilla ?
" Beauty has killed the beast ", a phrase that closes the film, also summarizes its plot. A film crew sets sail from the United States to Indonesia to make a movie. However, their destiny will take them to Skull Island, where they will meet a group of natives who kidnap people to offer them as a tribute to King Kong , a giant gorilla.
Kong's next victim is Anne Darrow , the protagonist of the film that the film group intended to film, but the giant beast spares his life because he falls in love with her . This feeling will be King Kong's downfall.
For the creation of a 16-meter gorilla, two 45-centimeter-high dolls were used, which were brought to life through the stop-motion animation technique. This consists of appearing movement through a sequence of frames or still images. Possible is Kong's undoing.
A decade after the end of World War II , Japan materialized the fear and the aftermath left by the Hiroshima atomic bomb in a film: Gōjira, translated into Spanish as Godzilla . The monster emerges from the depths of the ocean and manifests itself as the nightmare of the nuclear age, as well as a reminder of the devastation of the great war .
The film directed by Ishiro Honda does not have great special effects or a large budget. The perspective of the camera is enough for a man disguised as a giant monster to appear terrifying . Another element that stood out was that the director focused attention on the victims and how they suffer the consequences of massive destruction.
The success of Godzilla's first appearance was such that it only took a year for the giant creature to return, this time to face Anguirus . The decision of a fight between both beasts would mark the trend that the Godzilla movies would take : a fight between two or more Kaijū . The stories of humans would take a back seat and the main focus would be mass destruction.
Godzilla vs. Kong exceeds expectations at the box office and is a success
Is there a future for the MonsterVerse? Perhaps it would be a mistake to waste all the potential that Godzilla vs. Kong.
After the box office failure of Godzilla II: King of the Monsters -41% (it only raised US $ 386.6 million with a budget of US $ 170 million), it did not seem that the MonsterVerse was still attractive to the general public, but that assumption has been proven very wrong, as Godzilla vs. Kong -85% has been a success in its premiere, despite the fact that we are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the release of the first trailer, which generated a lot of tweets and noise on social media, it seemed obvious that we were facing a potential box office success, but what was really crucial was the positive reviews that the film received. Godzilla vs. Kong combines two icons of the seventh art, King Kong and Godzilla, in an epic duel that works as a show, like an amusement park, in the words of Martin Scorsese .
According to information from Deadline (via Comic Book Movie ), the film directed by Adam Wingard , has been a success in China and is approaching US $ 50 million, so it is now believed that it will raise US $ 100 million when it ends. weekend, a figure higher than the US $ 70-90 million previously estimated. On the other hand, this figure may seem negligible at another time, but since we are in the pandemic, it is a significant amount, just remember that Wonder Woman 1984 - 76% raised US $ 164.1 million worldwide during their passage through the cinemas.
Currently in China and other countries you can already enjoy Godzilla vs. Kong on the big screen, but in the United States it will run until March 31, and will be available in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time, a strategy that was widely criticized at the time but is considered by some to be not so detrimental to the film exhibition industry.
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The first reactions from the public also advanced that it was a potential success, as everyone praised the exciting fights of the giant monsters, despite the fact that the human plot was the weakest part, as it happened with the previous installments of Godzilla in the MonsterVerse.
It is not known at this time if Legendary and Warner Bros. have plans to continue the MonsterVerse franchise; Of its first three installments, two were successful at the box office but Godzilla II: King of the Monsters received numerous negative reviews and did not raise as expected. The one that Godzilla vs. Kong has released in theaters in the middle of a pandemic could cause its collection to be below the predecessors, but perhaps if its success in HBO Max is very great, it will be an incentive to continue with the films of this cinematographic universe.
Godzilla is one of the most popular kaijus in history, it was created in Japan and its first film was an allegory of nuclear energy and its dangers, but King Kong preceded him as king of the giant monsters, with his first film released in 1933 .
This is the official synopsis for Godzilla vs. Kong :
Legends collide in Godzilla vs. Kong when these mythical adversaries find themselves in a spectacular battle with the fate of the world at stake. Kong and his protectors set out on a dangerous journey to find their true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphan with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the world. The epic clash between the two Titans, instigated by unseen forces, is just the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the Earth's core.
GODZILLA VS KONG: CRITICISM OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED FANTASY FILM IN 2021
godzilla vs Kong, review of the most anticipated film by fantasy fans in this 2021. The epic fight between the two gigantic most emblematic monsters in the history of cinema, Godzilla and King Kong, finally reaches the cinema screens. But will it deliver what it promises?
Criticism of the movie Godzilla vs. Kong
As you may have noticed, dear reader, neither Godzilla nor King Kong appear in the synopsis written here. The reason is that this is the main (not the only) problem of this blockbuster that has neither head nor tail.
The epic battle
Despite its title, the movie Godzilla vs Kong puts all its efforts into telling us a story related to mysterious places and their energies, instead of narrating the battle between the two titans, which is what viewers want to see. Battle that occurs, obviously, but remains in the background and does not respond to the main conflict of this film. Without a doubt, this is starting on the wrong foot, because we are already beginning to hinder a path that is a priori simple: put King Kong and Godzilla to fight . But this movie does not want to throw out there.
The universe of two gigantic monsters
The film Godzilla vs Kong tries to build a world (something very fashionable in this of the films that share universe), based on ideas raised in its previous installments but it does it in very bad ways. To begin with, because that world that shows us is an impressive pot life, something that makes you think what the hell the scriptwriters have smoked to invent that and that you would like to try because it is something without limits. And I really wouldn't have a problem with this if the movie accepted that pot-life and its tone embraced it. But no. The movie is taken seriously. His tone is serious. He wants you to create that narrative hallucination and accompany the characters along a path that is the result of the effect of a macabre mixture of narcotic drugs whose effects have not yet been studied. Not to say that here, bothKing Kong and Godzilla have little to do with it. So, if you want to make me a movie from other places / worlds, make it for me, but don't sell it to me as an all-out fight between two cinema icons.
Flat characters and predictable situations
But the problems do not end there for the movie Godzilla vs Kong . Apart from sowing a lot of things and presenting various characters (something that obviously takes away screen time from our beloved monsters) the characters go from one place to another, they arrive at unexplored places and they know at all times what they have to do. There is no surprise, there is no discovery, a shot is made as the film progresses as if there were a premonitory synopsis in all the characters and they would avoid having a first contact with things / situations. To that, let's add badly made clichés and phrases that our former president could well have signed such as "He is not an inferior being, he is a superior being" and let's put the icing on the cake in a more than unsatisfactory ending.
The action scenes between King Kong and Godzilla
Fortunately, not everything is so bad in the movie Godzilla vs Kong . The action is very well recorded and directed, and the fights between King Kong and Godzilla are very much enjoyed (although in the opinion of this writer they are short). The movie is entertaining and even makes you laugh at times. The best thing you can do is embrace the absurd and enjoy the journey (what a journey). Also stand out when King Kong is on screen, who is by far the best constructed character in the film. And that sends noses because the film has a very complete cast, but there is no use having a luxury cast if the script is bad and all the characters are flat and interchangeable.
Scene from the movie Godzilla vs. Kong
Final opinion of the movie Godzilla vs Kong
The Godzilla vs Kong (2021) movie is a missed opportunity to do something simple and shocking. Its director Adam Wingard ( Blair Witch , You are next ) focuses on building a universe t
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